Cash boost for war graves re­pair project

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP -

A project to main­tain and re­pair war graves has been given a £4,000 cash boost.

Cheshire East coun­cil has handed the money to the Mac­cles­field War Graves Project to help main­tain and re­pair 83 war graves of the town’s fallen ser­vice­men.

Trevor Druce started the cam­paign after see­ing the poor con­di­tion of graves after vis­it­ing war graves in France and Bel­gium.

He has also en­listed pupils from lo­cal pri­mary schools for a pro­gramme in which the lit­tle troops will ‘adopt’ the graves.

The chil­dren will learn about the peo­ple buried in the graves, place a cross of re­mem­brance to com­mem­o­rate the date of their death, and lay a wreath at the graves on Armistice Day.

Trevor said: “We recog­nised that there were stark dif­fer­ences be­tween the beau­ti­ful con­di­tion of war graves in Bel­gium and France to those in such poor con­di­tion in Mac­cles­field Ceme­tery – and that some­thing needed to be done.

“The project has en­gaged chil­dren from six lo­cal pri­mary schools who as well as do­ing some tremen­dous fundrais­ing will also spend time re­search­ing each in­di­vid­ual sol­dier.

“With each school ‘adopt­ing’ a num­ber of graves, it is hoped the mem­ory of the fallen will live on and that our younger gen­er­a­tion will learn the real im­pact of war.

“We are so grate­ful to have re­ceived a grant of £4,000 which we have used to fund es­sen­tial re­pair work.”

Pre­sent­ing the cheque, Coun David Brown said: “I’m re­ally pleased that Cheshire East Coun­cil is able to support the War Graves Project here in Mac­cles­field.

“They have set out on an am­bi­tious project to do some im­por­tant work in the ceme­tery – and as part of that project they recog­nised that there is no memo­rial plaque there.

“So, it is heart-warm­ing to hear that a long-es­tab­lished lo­cal firm has stepped up and made a gen­er­ous do­na­tion of a plaque.”

That plaque has been do­nated by stone­ma­sons Whitby’s, based on Calamine Street, Mac­cles­field, and will be erected in the ceme­tery.

The black gran­ite fea­tures the names of the 83 dead ser­vice men and women that fought and died in both world wars.

John Hulme, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Whitby’s, said: “We’ve been very pleased to be of as­sis­tance on this lo­cal project for such a worth­while cause.”

●» Spec­saver’s staff mem­bers Rachel Sim­mons, Craig Wol­las­ton and Ni­cola Cal­laghan.

●» Coun David Brown with Mac­cles­field War Graves Project founder Trevor Druce, crafts­men Steve Gates and Tom Wilde, and man­ag­ing di­rec­tor John Hulme.

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